Six more years! Man City captain Kompany signs new deal at Premier League champions
06:48 GMT, 26 July 2012
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has signed a new six-year contract with the Barclays Premier League champions.
The 26-year-old Belgium defender, who last season led City to their first top-flight crown since 1968, was delighted to commit his long-term future to the club.
He told www.mcfc.co.uk: 'For me if you are good somewhere then there is no reason to look elsewhere.
Captain marvel: Kompany lifts the Premier League title back in May
'Man City as a project is not just a project of the owners or the people employed by the club; it is also my project.
'I have been here since the beginning and I have seen everything at the club change inside and out. I have the feeling that I have contributed to it too. It is good to know that I can be at City for another six years. It is a compliment that the club feels so highly of me.'
Kompany has established himself as a key figure for Roberto Mancini's side since arriving at the club from Hamburg in 2008.
He was a key figure last term and was
one of four City players included in the Professional Footballers'
Association's team of the year, along with England goalkeeper Joe Hart
and midfielders Yaya Toure and David Silva.
Key man: Kompany scored the winner as City beat Man United
Six more years: Kompany plays in a pre-season friendly against Besiktas last week
Kompany, who also lifted the FA Cup in 2011, has already set his sights on more silverware.
'Our title win was amazing and one of the best feelings ever for us and the fans,' he said.
'That last game against QPR will be a very special part of City's history for the next 50 or 100 years but now is the time to look forward.
'Now I just want to move on. I have travelled a lot this summer all over the world and our story has been a big story everywhere.
'We have laid the foundations and now we want to win more. If we do that then we can be one of the most successful clubs for a long time to come and that is the aim.'
On a personal level, he added: 'Hopefully, in the future I will have a bigger impact than I already have. I am good here. The fans have given me an incredible reception which is one of the main reasons that I signed this new deal.
'My family is happy and there are so many more trophies to win at this club that is why it makes it so special.
'I take it with great pride that I have been chosen to be captain and lead this team. Especially in England, more than other competitions, being the captain has got a lot more responsibility involved with it.
High hopes: Kompany will be looking for continued success at the Etihad Stadium
'I thrive on responsibility – the more I get, the more I perform; I am at the right club because I have built something here already.
'I can't wait to get started again. I am really excited about the season ahead.'
Kompany admitted it had not always been plain sailing at the Etihad Stadium, but relished the challenge of leading the side.
He said: 'I have never denied that this can sometimes be the hardest team in the league of which to be captain; but like I said I am all about responsibility and challenge.
Relishing the challenge: Kompany is enjoying life in Manchester
'This Man City project was probably one of the most difficult projects in Europe to be part of and so far we have all done a good job even though a lot of people said it (success) wasn't going to happen so quickly.
'I like the kind of characters that we have in our team; I like the challenges we have ahead of us. Now is the time to build the culture of winning we are in the right time; we are in the right moment.'